Eliminating the barriers that people affected by forced displacement face in the free exercise of their political rights can have meaningful effects on the achievement of durable solutions. Political empowerment and inclusive electoral representation can lead to improved local integration and sustainable peace-building. Similarly, representative engagement of refugees and IDPs in camp governance structures positively affects community-building and individual resilience. Nevertheless, current protection programmes largely fail to address the marginalisation of refugees and IDPs from the political space.
This panel is informed by research carried out by Master’s students at the London School of Economics and Political Science, which argues that the political participation of refugees and ..